Student Teaching Admission and Requirements
You should apply for admission to student teaching in December proceeding the academic year in which your student teaching will take place. In November or December, a meeting will be held for you to request a student teaching placement. The time and place of this meeting will be announced at the beginning of each fall semester. The Clinical Experiences office makes all student teaching and internship arrangements. You should not try to make your own arrangements.
To be eligible for admission to student teaching you must:
- Meet or exceed the minimum required grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 overall and in your major(s), minor(s), and professional education courses. For the EC-MC (B-11) major, a GPA of 3.0 is required in professional education, major, and minor. For the MC-EA (6-12/13) major, a GPA of 3.0 is required in professional education and major and 2.75 in minor.
- Have completed the appropriate methods course(s) for your major and/or minor, as well as TEACHING 2130 and TEACHING 3320 or equivalent courses.
- Have a grade of "C-" or better in the required methods courses, major, minor, and professional education courses.
- Have documentation of an approved student teaching/level II portfolio on file.
Have passed the appropriate Praxis II content test(s) OR have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in the licensable major, minor and/or concentration. Foreign Language major/minors are required to pass the OPI and WPT of the ACTFL World Language tests. This cannot be waived by a 3.00 gpa.
Early childhood-middle childhood and middle childhood-early adolescence students will be required to pass the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test. Both tests or GPA need to be completed by May 1 for fall student teaching and November 1 for spring student teaching.
- Have been admitted into the School of Education for one full semester prior to student teaching.
- Provide proof of a negative TB skin test. Your TB skin test will need to be completed by August 1 for fall student teaching and December 1 for spring student teaching.
- Have a current (within the past two years) satisfactory criminal background check verified before placement into student teaching.
It is your responsibility to attend the application meeting, complete all requirements, and adhere to the deadlines. Failure to meet the deadline may result in not getting a placement for the semester you wish to student teach.
In January, after all applications have been reviewed, the Clinical Experiences Office will contact you about your admission status.